Two more Indian beaches have made it to the list of Blue Beaches. Minicoy, Thundi Beach and Kadmat Beach, in Lakshadweep are the proud entrants in the coveted list of Blue Beaches, an eco-label given to the cleanest beaches in the world. Now the tally of total blue flag-endorsed beaches in India stands at 12. Both beaches have designated staff for beach cleanliness, maintenance, safety and security of swimmers. Further, they comply with all the 33 criteria mandated by the Foundation for Environment Education (FEE).
Blue Beaches: Thundi and Kadmat beaches
- Thundi Beach is one of the most scenic beaches in the Lakshadweep archipelago with hues of white sand mixed with turquoise & blue shade water by the lagoon, a paradise for swimmers and tourists.
- While the Kadmat Beach is popular with cruise tourists who visit the island for water sports. It is a paradise for nature lovers with its pearl white sand, blue lagoon waters, its moderate climate and friendly locals.
The other Indian beaches in the blue list are
- Kappad: Kerala,
- Shivrajpur: Gujarat,
- Ghoghla: Diu,
- Kasarkod and Padubidri: Karnataka,
- Rushikonda: Andhra Pradesh,
- Golden: Odisha,
- Radhanagar: Andaman and Nicobar,
- Eden in Puducherry and
- Kovalam in Tamil Nadu.
What is a Blue Flag Tag?
The Blue Flag tag certification or tag is one of the world’s most prominent voluntary eco-labels for beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators. In order to qualify for the Blue Flag Tag, a series of stringent environmental, educational, safety, and accessibility criteria must be met and maintained. The Denmark-based non-profit Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) awards the certification. It is awarded annually to beaches and marinas. Presently, there are 48 countries currently participating in the program.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Foundation for Environment Education President: Lesley Jones;
- Foundation for Environment Education Headquarters: Copenhagen, Denmark;
- Foundation for Environment Education Founded: 1981.